India is committed to providing training and assisting in capacity building of military units of friendly nations
Indian Naval Ship ‘Nireekshak’, a highly advanced diving support ship of the Indian Navy, arrived at the port of Trincomalee on September 14, 2023 for providing Mixed Gas Diving training for personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy.

This is in keeping with India's commitment to provide training and to assist in capacity building of military personnel of friendly nations.

The ship was warmly welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions. Commanding Officer of the Indian Naval ship Commander Jeetu Singh Chauhan called on Commander of Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral PS De Silva. They held cordial discussions on furthering training in diving during the eight-day deployment, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said on Friday (September 15, 2023).

Engagements such as yoga onboard, interaction with school children and beach cleaning are being undertaken by the personnel onboard. Additionally, the 28th Anniversary celebration onboard the ship was attended by the Deputy Area Commander.

According to information provided by the High Commission, INS ‘Nireekshak’ (A-15) is equipped with two six-man recompression chambers and one three-man diving bell. The ship is fully capable to undertake rescue operations from a submarine in distress and training of saturation divers. 

This is not the first time that the Indian Navy is assisting in training Sri Lanka Navy divers.

The ship had earlier visited Trincomalee in September 2019 and March 2022 for a similar training deployment for Sri Lanka Navy divers. "Such continued engagement of Indian Naval ships with the Sri Lanka Navy is in keeping with Government of India's capacity building initiative as part of its 'Neighborhood First' policy," the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said.